SET ETIQUETTE – 7 THINGS NOT TO DO ON SET
The importance of Set Etiquette cannot be stressed enough!
The first day of any project is a clean slate for most people (unless you usually run with the same crew), so it’s always a good idea to show caution. A while back we asked our Facebook fans to give us some pointers for Set Etiquette. With their help, and a few tips of our own, we have compiled a short list of 7 Things Not to Do on Set. Whether it is your first show, or you’re a veteran of the industry, these tips might just keep you around for the next project:
1) Don’t Unplug ANYTHING
Especially if you don’t know what you’re unplugging. Whether it’s a 1K, a practical or the DP’s cell phone charger, don’t risk it!
2) Don’t Ask the PM, PC or AD “When will we be done?”
Caution: You won’t like them when they’re angry. You’re most likely the hundredth person to ask them this. If you do, you might find your name mysteriously absent from tomorrow’s call sheet.
3) Don’t Tell the Animal Trainer, “My Dog can do that”
Let’s be honest… no they can’t.
4) Don’t Walk Into the Shot. If you do, ACT NATURAL.
You could still save the shot…
5) Don’t Drink the Last Diet Coke
If you see one last Diet Coke on set, you better find something else to drink unless you want to send the EP into a firing frenzy. They had 2 hours of sleep last night and this is their fuel.
6) Don’t Ask for an Autograph from the Talent
Don’t be that guy/girl. They’ve got shit to focus on and so do you.
7) Don’t Touch Equipment that Doesn’t Belong to Your Department
Camera Ops touch Cameras, Electricians touch lights and don’t even think about taking the Key Grips’ C-Stands!
Every set has different experiences, different crews and different pet peeves. Just keep your head down, work hard, be polite and smile. If you make a good impression with the crew, they’re likely to pull you under their wing.
If we’ve missed some good pointers, feel free to input in the comments below.